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Precious metals recovery process from electronic boards : case study of a non-profit organization (QC, Canada)

Caroline Blais, Anh Quan Le Dinh, Éric Loranger and Georges Abdul-Nour

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The growth in the consumption of electronic products in recent years has resulted in increasing electronic device waste. At the same time, there is a decrease in the availability of raw metals required to produce electronic boards. Recycling through the recovery of precious and critical metals contained in electronic board waste is a solution, but the processes need to be safer for the environment. This paper presents the steps that lead to investment in the development of an eco-friendly and cost-effective process for recovering precious metals from end-of-life electronic telecommunications cards. Social organizations can also become involved in the recycling of electronic cards, thus enabling the integration of marginalized people into society. We examine the case of a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people living with mental health problems through the recycling of end-of-life telecommunication devices. This recycling process must operate within constraints specific to this organization and to the employment of people with mental health issues. The literature review showed that considering ecological and economic factors, the hydrometallurgical process appeared to be a logical choice.

Uncontrolled Keywords

precious metals; electronics; recovery process; hydrometallurgy

Subjects: 1600 Industrial engineering > 1600 Industrial engineering
2100 Mechanical engineering > 2100 Mechanical engineering
2500 Electrical and electronic engineering > 2500 Electrical and electronic engineering
Department: Department of Electrical Engineering
Funders: Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), NSERC / CRSNG, Videotron Ltée
Grant number: RDCPJ-530543-18
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/57906/
Journal Title: Sustainability (vol. 16, no. 6)
Publisher: MDPI
DOI: 10.3390/su16062509
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su16062509
Date Deposited: 14 May 2024 09:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 17:37
Cite in APA 7: Blais, C., Le Dinh, A. Q., Loranger, É., & Abdul-Nour, G. (2024). Precious metals recovery process from electronic boards : case study of a non-profit organization (QC, Canada). Sustainability, 16(6), 2509 (12 pages). https://doi.org/10.3390/su16062509

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